The Journey Home (EMP Aftermath #1) by John Winchester (Narrated by Travis Baldree)

Prepper Fiction Done Right

4 out of 5 stars

I took a bit of a hiatus from post-apocalyptic books for a while.  No major reasons, but I’m glad I did.  The Journey Home was such a nice and well-written book that it was a good book to jump back in. The cover and overall feel of this book don’t jump out at you – but at its heart, its a well thought-out and told prepper story.

What would you do if you prepared for everything except for not being home when SHTF? That’s what this story seems to tell at its heart and I liked almost every minute of it.

Winchester was able to tell a story that was both interesting and informative without being “preachy” or boring.  When there is action (particularly the final stretch of the book) it just flies by.  I couldn’t put the audiobook down in the last hour or so.  Winchester just wrote such a compelling story that I had to know how it ended.

Overall, Journey surprised me a bit.  I didn’t really know what I was getting into. But I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Throw in the wonderful performance by Travis Baldree and you have a winner in my book.

One of the best parts about listening to a book is that, even if the ebook version is/was full of typographical errors you will never hear it.  The narrator will pick up on different queues (or sometimes the book is re-edited before going to audio).  In the case of The Journey Home, I was reading through some of the amazon reviews and most of them mentioned some bad editing.  I wanted to mention this because I always forget about it since I listen to audiobooks almost exclusively now, but it’s a fun “win-win” for me.

Book Description:

The Journey Home (EMP Aftermath #1) by John Winchester (Narrated by Travis Baldree) four-stars
The Journey Home (EMP Aftermath #1) by John Winchester
Narrator: Travis Baldree
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
Series: EMP Aftermath #1
Published by Tantor Audio on February 27th 2018
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Prepper

Jack Miller isn't too worried about the apocalypse. He has been prepping for a few years and has a basement stocked with the food and supplies his family needs to ride out a disaster. Today though, he is out of town on a business trip. An EMP strike delivered by a rogue nation leaves him stranded over a thousand miles away from his home. This is the last place he expected to be during a disaster. He sets out on an epic journey home armed only with his know-how and survival skills. What he encounters leaves him questioning how prepared any lone man can be.

Amy Miller is all set to enjoy a well-deserved vacation day. She's a hard-working mother of two with a full-time career and rarely has a quiet moment to herself. The EMP throws a wrench in the works and leaves her unprepared for the chaos to follow. With the city falling down around her ears, she is pushed to the limit. Her suburban home is well-stocked with supplies, but she clings to the hope that order will be restored.

Faced with the darker side of humanity, will she overcome her inhibitions and do whatever it takes to protect her family?

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Desperate Measures
Also in this series: Desperate Measures

four-stars

Brian

I’ve loved reading since I was little when my dad would read me Dr. Suess books. Fast-forward a little and I noticed that he was always reading on his lunch breaks at work, and I wondered why.Then, I found a book that took me to another place and time, to another feeling,another sense of “being”.It was the first book that I ever fell in love with, and I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.
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